Jimmy Carter commends Alwaleed’s global role

Updated 27 March 2015

Jimmy Carter commends Alwaleed’s global role

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, and chairman of Alwaleed bin Talal Foundations, received at Kingdom Resort, Jimmy Carter, former US president and Rosalynn Carter.
Carter’s visit was part of an official trip to Saudi Arabia.
To mark the occasion, the prince hosted a dinner in honor of his guest at Kingdom Resort.
Carter was accompanied by a delegation from the Carter Center that included Curtis Kohlhaas, chief development officer, Hrair Balian, director, Conflict Resolution Program and Beth Davis, scheduler.
In addition, the meeting was attended by Timothy A. Lenderking, deputy chief of mission, embassy of the US to Saudi Arabia.
The meeting began as Carter discussed the long standing friendship between Saudi Arabia and the US.
Prince Alwaleed and Carter discussed the prince’s local, regional and international investments in the various sectors of media, banking, hotels and real estate.
Furthermore, on the agenda of discussions were the prince’s global donations through the activities of the Alwaleed bin Talal philanthropic and humanitarian foundations.
Moreover, on the agenda of discussions were the philanthropic efforts made by the Carter Center and the center’s current projects and programs.
Also, Carter commended the prince on his efforts to encourage East-West dialogue to bridge the understanding between the two cultures.
Prince Alwaleed donated $20 million to Georgetown University as a gift to support and expand its Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) and donated $20 million to Harvard University to create the University-wide Islamic Studies Program.
Furthermore, the prince donated $10 million to the American University in Cairo and $5 million to the American University in Beirut.


China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

Updated 12 December 2019

China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

  • China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane
  • China was first country to ground plane in March

BEIJING: China’s aviation regulator raised “important concerns” with Boeing Co. on the reliability and security of design changes to the grounded 737 MAX, it said on Thursday, but declined to comment on when the plane might fly again in China.
China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane based on proposed changes to software and flight control systems according to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) spokesman Liu Luxu told reporters at a monthly briefing.
He reiterated that for the plane to resume flights in China, it needed to be re-certified, pilots needed comprehensive and effective training to restore confidence in the model and the causes of two crashes that killed 346 people needed to be investigated with effective measures put in place to prevent another one.
China was the first country to ground the 737 MAX after the second crash in Ethiopia in March and had set up a task force to review design changes to the aircraft that Boeing had submitted.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not allow the 737 MAX to resume flying before the end of 2019, its chief, Steve Dickson, said on Wednesday.
Once the FAA approves the reintroduction into service, the 737 MAX can operate in the United States, but individual regulators could keep the planes grounded in other countries until they complete their own reviews.
“Due to the trade war, the jury is still out on when China would reintroduce the aircraft,” said Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium.
Chinese airlines had 97 737 MAX jets in operation before the global grounding, the most of any country, according to Cirium Fleets Analyzer.